Quick Sausage-Stuffed Squash Recipe
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Quick Sausage-Stuffed Squash Recipe

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In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mary Magner tucks a flavorful sausage mixture into colorful acorn squash halves. Cooking the squash in the microwave means this entree is done in minutes. “I like to use maple-flavored bulk pork sausage,” Mary notes.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 medium acorn squash
  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • Freshly ground pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 371 calories, 25 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 54 mg cholesterol, 496 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 11 g protein.


  1. Cut squash lengthwise in half; remove and discard seeds. Using a sharp knife, cut a thin slice from bottom of each squash so it sits flat. Place squash in a microwave-safe dish, cut side down. Microwave, covered, on high 10-12 minutes or until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook sausage, onion and celery over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink and vegetables are tender, breaking up sausage into crumbles. Remove pan from heat; drain. Stir in sour cream.
  3. Turn squash cut side up. Spoon sausage mixture into centers of squash. Microwave, covered, 1-2 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with pepper. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Sausage-Stuffed Squash in Quick Cooking September/October 2005, p20

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Reviewed Oct. 11, 2015

"I had a similar recipe from an lllinois newspaper l found on our way to Texas, 31 years ago.. It uses a buttercup squash and the same stuffing, but it is topped with grated parmesan cheese. We love it!"

Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"I modified this a bit but I used the same method of cooking. I used Italian turkey sausage and substituted mild peppers for the celery. I only had one large acorn squash, so the stuffing was heaped up pretty high. This was my first time to cook acorn squash, though, and I was quite pleased with it. Cooking the squash in the microwave worked well except that I have a small microwave and did not have a pan that would fit in there and allow me to cook both halves of the squash at the same time. Still, it did not take long and I could prepare the rest of the meal while the squash cooked. We will definitely have this again while winter squash is in season."

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